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Please review my agenda. Thank you!

Good advice from everybody thus far..I can only add Gallery Grill at Hart House for lunch Mon - Fri...They are only open for lunch, and the setting is reminiscent of Oxbridge high tables...;-)

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Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Red Tea Box has closed, sign in window...

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LCBO Vintages September 13/14 release, some tasting notes

These are all Vintages releases. I have seen a few wines located in other store location places from time to time, depending on the PC or Manager's wishes for promotion.

Pricey but value wines, Vintages, Sept 13/14...

I have tasted and enjoyed these wines, all priced over $25 and ready to drink now (although some may get better). Take them to a restaurant with corkage, especially those with low or no corkage on Mon-Tues-Wed nights....

1.Stratus Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling 2011 VQA Vinemount Ridge Niagara, +241182, $35.20 retail.
2.Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2012, +732917, $35.95.
3.Chateau des Charmes Merlot 2012 St David's Bench VQA St David's Bench, +453431, $29.95.
4.Lailey Vineyard Syrah 2012 VQA Niagara River, +184523, $27.20.
5.Seglas 2006 AC Margaux, +359810, $53.95.
6.Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2008, +368910, $29.95.
7.Quintarelli Primofiore 2009 IGT Veneto, +20867, $59.95.
8.La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 Rioja, +315531, $39.95.
9.Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2009 DO Bierzo Spain, +379891, $29.95.

LCBO Vintages September 13/14 release, some tasting notes

====?>>> ** BEST WINE VALUE OF THE RELEASE *UNDER* $20

Stellenrust Wild Yeast Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011 WO Stellenbosch, +382218, $17.95: wonderfully complex, better than many chardonnays at twice this price. 13% ABV, cork closure, oaky and nutty tones which follow through right on the mid-palate and the length. Could be aged two more years. QPR: 93.

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25:
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1.Rosehall Run Cuvee County Chardonnay 2011 VQA PEC, +132928, $21.95. QPR: 90.
2.Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Southern Valleys Marlborough, +663286, $20.95, QPR: 89.
3.Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musque 2012 CSV VQA Beamsville Bench, +246579, $15.95: vibrant, ripe and affordable, off-dry on the palate, in the peach mode of viognier-albarino-riesling, No oak, but dry finish. QPR: 89.
4.Flat Rock Riesling 2013 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, +43281, $16.95: another succulent riesling from Ontario, twist top, 11% ABV, but dynamite bursts on the palate. Off-dry. QPR: 91.
5.Domaine Chevallier Chablis 2012, +112227, $19.95: this now seems to be the LCBO chablis of the month, particularly for under $20. Expect orchard fruit, minerals, stony finish and lemons. QPR: 89.
6.Mallory & Benjamin Talmard Macon-Uchizy 2012, +733956, $16.95: a good basic burgundy chardonnay, affordable. Green tones (apples, peppers, lemon finish). Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
7.Michel Gassier Les Piliers Viognier 2013, +669531, $18.95: richly aromatic, ripe orchard fruit (peaches), citric finish, better with food, good price. QPR: 89.
8.Bischofliche Weinguter Trier Dom Riesling Kabinett 2011 Mosel, +378828, $18.95: off-dry Mosel Riesling wine with mounds of flavour, 9% ABV. QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $25:
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1.Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2012 VQA NOTL, +275958, $21.95. QPR: 90.
2.Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Walla Walla Valley Washington, +387027, $21.95. QPR: 89.
3.Cederberg Shiraz 2010 WO Cederberg South Africa, +374199, $24.95. QPR: 89.
4.Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, +134791, $20.95. QPR: 89.
5.Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2012 Anconcagua Coast Chile, +143214, $19.95: good quality pinot MVC in the New World style at an affordable price-- red fruit, mocha, some licorice, lovely finish. Cork closure. 14% ABV. QPR: 89.
6.Cantine Ferri Oblivio Nero di Troia 2008 IGT Puglia, +380600, $19.95: very good complexity for the price, red fruit and leather dominate, plus other signs of being aged. 14.5% QPR: 89.
7.Coppi Peucetico Primitivo 2007 DOC Gioia del Colle Puglia, +724674, $13.95: amazing value for a Euro Zinfandel, 13.5% ABV, and well-aged too. A real winner. QPR: 90.
8.Quinta de Pancas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Vinho Regional Lisboa, +380568, $18.95: nicely developed and aged cabby, like Bordeaux, 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
9.Luzon Seleccion 12 Meses Crianza 2008 DO Jumilla, +310219, $17.95: noteworthy blend of black fruit flavours from the monastrell, tempranillo, and cabby grapes. Full of the spirit and palates of Spain, tremendous value for the toastiness. QPR: 90,

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Penrose Fish and Chips will close next month after 65 years...

Chinatown East, Broadview and Gerrard: quality?

THANKS!

Chinatown East, Broadview and Gerrard: quality?

I've searched around for these places, and beyond Yelp, etc., cannot find anything useful.

Does anyone have any useful ASIATIC/INDIAN recommendations for the area? I know about Batifole...

Many thanks.

LCBO Vintages RELEASE of Aug 30/14: some notes

I should add that some stores in Toronto will stock Vintages releases on Friday afternoon, so that there will be shelves full on the Sat AM first thing. I know one store that stocks on Thursday PM...

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

LCBO carry until they run out, they never reorder (except for a different vintage) but maybe the winery would have more, and could ship free for a whole case (if you ask them politely!)...

TO Chowhounders: favorite brunch places?

Gallery Grill, Hart House, Sept - June

What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Since I have a basement full of wine, I never buy anything on spec, but if I do it is usually white wine. Over the past few years my clunkers (in single digits) have always been VQA whites. But there has been nothing physically wrong with them, so I don't return them...

LCBO Vintages RELEASE of Aug 30/14: some notes

I'm not sure what rules CH board has for media writers, but you can check out my history via www.deantudor.com, which should be in my profile.

LCBO Vintages RELEASE of Aug 30/14: some notes

I took the Jamie Drummond litmus test: perhaps you saw me run screaming out of the range of the camera -- it was so bloody bitter!!!

LCBO Vintages RELEASE of Aug 30/14: some notes

estufarian, on both wines I had written NYR which means, to me, Not Yet Ready. I remember them as being OK, but will need some time to improve. Voss said 2017 for the latter, and i am sure he is right. I used to write about these kind of wines but got complaints from readers interested in drinking NOW. I told them to do a double decant -- or more -- or leave the bottle open a week. They were stunned...Thanks for writing...

LCBO Vintages RELEASE of Aug 30/14: some notes

====?>>> ** BEST WINE VALUE OF THE RELEASE *UNDER* $20

Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah/Viognier 2012 WO Swartland, +79442, $16.95: smokey syrah with guts and fruit, twist top, 14% ABV, great price. QPR: 92.

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25:
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1.Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2012 Okanagan Valley, +350108, $23.95, QPR: 90.
2.Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2013 Willamette Valley, +955906, $24.95, QPR: 90.
3.Schloss Reinhartshausen Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Rheingau, +114801, $20.95, QPR: 91.
4.Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2013 VQA Niagara Peninsula, +80234, $16.95: typically Mosel-like, nicely soft but with stuffing for a finish. 9.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.
5.Chateau Ste.Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Columbia Valley, +385740, $15.95: fruity west coast style, zestiness played down, good value, 13% ABV, cork closure. QPR: 89.
6.Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2013 WO Stellenbosch, +981167, $13.95: good alternative to savvy wine, lively fruit, longer finish with mid-palate fruitiness and finishing acid, twist top, 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
7.Joseph Cattin Pinot Gris 2012 Alsace, +196956, $16.95: lovely ripe pear tones and stone fruit, great body, 13% ABV. Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
8.Vieil Armand Medaille Riesling 2010 Alsace, +377754, $15.95: loaded with minerality and orchard fruit, but lacks petrol character. Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
9.Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013 IGP Vins de Pays du Val de Loire, +672345, $15.95: a light tight savvy, along the lines of Touraine, 12% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $25:
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1.Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2012 Yarra Valley, +178897, $21.95, QPR: 90.
2.Longview Yakka Shiraz 2010 Adelaide Hills South Australia, +378539, $22.95, QPR: 90.
3.Domaine des Amouriers Signature Vacqueyras 2011, +381038, $24.95, QPR: 89.
4.Brancaia Tre 2011 IGT Toscana, +164715, $23.95, QPR: 89.
5.Bodegas San Prudencio Depadre 2009 Rioja, +379917, $22.95, QPR: 90.
6.Chateau des Charmes Estate Bottled Old Vines Pinot Noir 2010 VQA NOTL, +256834, $18.95: delightful aged character from older vines, some forest floor to support the fruit. QPR: 89.
7.Domaine Jean Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Tupungato Mendoza, +678813, $14.95: organic grapes, MVC for cabby savvy, black fruit and black mushrooms, value priced, 15% (!) ABV. QPR: 89.
8.Maipe Reserve Malbec 2012 Mendoza, +247320, $14.95: aged a year in French oak, showing dark plums and chocolate, value priced at 14.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
9.Sister's Run Cow's Corner Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro 2011 Barossa, +346510, $15.95: has BBQ written all over it, stamped on your palate. 14.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.
10.Maison Sichel Chateau Argadens 2011 Bordeaux Superieur, +681643, $17.95: reasonably-priced entry level Bordeaux, typical but instantly recognizable as Bordeaux. QPR: 89.
11.San Marzano Falo Negroamaro 2012 IGT Salento Puglia, +380212, $14.95: ripe, firm, fruity, North American soft tannins appeal, 13.5% ABV, good price point. Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
12.Quinto do Quetzal Guadalupe Red 2011 Vinho Regional Alentejano, +336313, $13.95: lots of character, red fruit-driven, bright, longer length through dryness. QPR: 89.
13.Barahonda Barrica Monastrell/Syrah 2011 DO Yecla, +378869, $17.95: in French oak for six months, fruit from 45-year old vines, 15% ABV, very good dark fruit and underbrush. QPR: 89.
14.Bodegas Campina Sabor Real Vinas Centenarias Tempranillo 2007 DO Toro, +244772, $15.95: another nicely aged Spanish wonder, longer length, some wood tones among the raisinated flavours. QPR: 89.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Latinada, a Latin American grill resto at 1671 Bloor near Parkside/Keele has closed after many years. There was a note in the window thanking its past customers. Maybe if they had come in more often....

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

One half of Marky and Sparky is Sparky, who is half-owner of Butcher by Nature. He supplies the meat to himself, so at least the ribs are "sustainable" or natural. Such meats never fall off the bone ;-)

AYCE Salad Bars

sounds great, i`ll check it out!!!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Acton's has been closed for over a year -- it is now something else, two owners removed from Pearce and Barrette...

Relining copper pans

Mila, thank you ... we live in High Park, so it is Almost as far as Oakville, however I will phone!!!

Relining copper pans

I will call them, thanks!!!

Relining copper pans

Does anyone know of a Toronto tinner who can reline copper pans with thinning tin? Many thanks!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Wasn't there a middle european (Baltic?) place around the corner?

Csarda relocated northwards to east side of Bay, just south of La Scala...

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

My own memory of the Savarin was of the lady with her hair in a bun guarding the seafood at the back of the counter. You would have had to reach hard for the seafood. Instead, she doled it out by the teaspoon...

AYCE Salad Bars

Are there any AYCE Salad Bars still functioning in Toronto?

Please inform me!!!!!!

Sorrell

There is plenty of stuff out there -- just spell it correctly --

SORREL

https://www.google.ca/search?q=sorrel...

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

me too!

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

my notes

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

====?>>> ** BEST WINE VALUE OF THE RELEASE *UNDER* $20
Gerard Bertrand Saint Chinian Syrah/Mourvedre 2009, +370247, $17.95: this month;s candidate for a nicely aged syrah from the south of France. MVC all the way, with some movvie tones. 14.5% ABV, cork closure. QPR: 92.

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25:
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1.Dr.Hermann Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese 2005 Mosel, +376368, $23.95. QPR: 92.
2.Tawse Redstone Limestone Vineyard South Riesling 2012 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, +381251, $18.95: off-dry and delicious, 9.5% ABV, twist top. Perfect for summer sipping, lovely fruity flavours. QPR: 89.
3.Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2012 VQA Niagara Escarpment, +38117, $19.95: one of the finest traditional-styled Rieslings in Ontario, distinguished, age-worthy, 9% ABV. Good Mosel character. QPR: 89.
4.Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca, +390203, $19.95: well-priced treasure chest of chardonnay aromas and bouquets, balanced, toasty wood-finish, 14%, cork closure. QPR: 91.
5.Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +734798, $18.95: some good character, tamed grass, tropical fruit peeps out, long finish, twist top, 13% ABV. QPR: 89.
6.Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2013 WO Robertson South Africa, +382085, $12.95: nice price-point for a balanced savvy that is delicious and not overly zesty. QPR: 89.
7.Guillaume Aurele Viognier 2013 IGP Pay d'Oc, +380741, $13.95: layers of fruit, longish finish, good south of France MVC feel, affordable twist top. QPR: 89.
8.Durbacher Klingelberger Riesling Trocken 2012 Baden, +378331, $16.95: close to Alsace in style (it is made not far away, same climate), very good Riesling character, 11.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $25:
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1.Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2011 Agrelo Mendoza, +247304, $22.95. QPR: 90.
2.Chateau de Lastours Grande Reserve Corbieres 2008, +383067, $22.95. QPR: 90.
3.Ninin de Antonio Izquierdo 2009 Ribera del Duero, +380766, $23.95. QPR: 91
4.Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2012 Uco Valley Mendoza, +55244, $15.95: very bright fruit driven wine, 15% ABV, organic grapes, malbec to a T. QPR: 89.
5.Chateau de Gourgazaud Cuvee Mathilde Minervois 2011, +958629, $14.95: good blend of syrah and mourvedre, not at the level of Bertrand (above) but still very syrah-dominated. 13.5% ABV. Cork closure, QPR: 89.
6.Apollonio Copertino Rosso 2007 Puglia, +23226, $18.95: plummy, good depth to the aging (now seven years old), 14% ABV, a bargain. QPR: 89.
7.Zeni Marogne Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2011, +220830, $17.95: this month's LCBO ripasso. QPR: 89.
8.Lopez de Haro Crianza 2008 Rioja, +377481, $15.95: a nicely aged wine, 18 months in French and American oak – which is three times the norm for a Crianza. Expect tobacco and dried fruit tones, excellent for the next year. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.